Volume 86 Issue 37 | pp. 38-40
Issue Date: September 15, 2008

Rethinking Schizophrenia

Advances could spur treatments for more symptoms than current drugs address
Department: Science & Technology, ACS News

WHEN ACCOUNTS of schizophrenia began to emerge in the 1800s, institutionalization was the most common treatment for patients suffering from the disease. Despite significant advances in therapy, many of today's patients still find fitting into society a big challenge. Although iconoclastic 1960s psychiatrist Ronald D. Laing once wrote "Schizophrenia cannot be understood without understanding despair," the prevailing sentiment at last month's American Chemical Society national meeting in Philadelphia was one of hope. Researchers have learned . . .

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